Spanish words that end in -MENTE

Spanish words that end in mente - Learn and practice

Welcome to our grammar lesson about Spanish words that end in -mente.

Adverbs ending in -mente , such as “normalmente” or “simplemente”,  are the equivalent of English words ending in “-ly”: usually, simply, etc.

Two sentences with Spanish adverbs ending in "-mente"
Two sentences with adverbs ending in “-mente”

It is very easy to take an adjective in Spanish and transform it into an adverb ending in -mente.

In this lesson we will learn how to do it.

At the end you’ll find a Quiz and an Exercise for practice.

How to form adverbs ending in “-mente”

In order to form an adverb ending in -mente,  we follow 3 steps:

  1. Think of any adjective
  2. Take the feminine form of that adjective
  3. Attach -mente at the end of that feminine form

Let’s pick a few adjectives and transform them into -mente adverbs, following the steps we just learned:

1. Think of any adjective

I just thought of these four adjectives!:

  • desgraciado = unfortunate
  • intenso = intense
  • fácil = easy
  • alegre = happy


2. Take the feminine form of that adjective

Out of the four adjectives I thought, the first two have a feminine form that is different from the masculine.

For the other two, the feminine form is the same as the masculine.

AdjectiveFeminine form
desgraciadodesgraciada
intensointensa
fácilfácil
alegrealegre


3. Attach “-mente” at the end of that feminine form

This is the final step. Let’s complete our chart and see the results:

AdjectiveFeminine formAdverb ending in "-mente"
desgraciadodesgraciadadesgraciadamente
intensointensaintensamente
fácilfácilfácilmente
alegrealegrealegremente


We have followed the steps successfully, and obtained four adverbs ending in -mente:

  • desgraciadamente = unfortunately
  • intensamente = intensely
  • fácilmente = easily
  • alegremente = happily


Note about accent marks

An adverb with “mente” has an accent mark if and only if the original adjective had it too, and it stays on the same vowel.

For example, out of the four adverbs we have formed, only “fácilmente” has an accent mark, because “fácil” had it too.

Example sentences

Finally, here are some sentences with the “-mente” adverbs we just formed:

Desgraciadamente, no tengo tiempo para viajar.
Unfortunately, I don’t have time to travel.

Ella trabaja intensamente.
She works intensely.

Paula resuelve fácilmente los problemas.
Paula solves the problems easily.

Los niños cantan alegremente.
The children sing happily.

List of common “-mente” adverbs

Here’s a list of common -mente adverbs, and the adjectives they come from:

AdjectiveAdverb ending in "-mente"Meaning
absolutoabsolutamenteabsolutely
afortunadoafortunadamenteluckily
brevebrevementebriefly
casualcasualmentecasually, incidentally
claroclaramenteclearly
completocompletamentecompletely
especialespecialmentespecially
finalfinalmentefinally
honestohonestamentehonestly
lentolentamenteslowly
ligeroligeramenteslightly
necesarionecesariamentenecessarily
normalnormalmentenormally, usually
principalprincipalmentemainly
rápidorápidamentequickly
simplesimplementesimply
sincerosinceramentesincerely
totaltotalmentetotally
tristetristementesadly
tranquilotranquilamentecalmly
últimoúltimamentelately
pacientepacientementepatiently

Practice

Quiz

Take this short Quiz to test your knowledge about Spanish words that end in -mente:


Exercise

Now we are going to practice with some sentences.

Fill the gaps using -mente adverbs created from the adjectives in brackets:

1) Tenemos que hacer las cosas ___ (correcto).
We have to do things correctly.

2) Ella es ___ (simple) genial.
She’s simply great.

3) El anillo me parece ___ (excesivo) caro.
The ring seems excessively expensive to me.

4) Antonio es un profesional ___ (tremendo) eficaz.
Antonio is a tremendously effective professional.

5) El tema está ___ (perfecto) claro.
The subject is perfectly clear.

6) Nosotros vamos al cine ___ (frecuente).
We go to the movies frequently.

Solutions:
1) correctamente
2) simplemente
3) excesivamente
4) tremendamente
5) perfectamente
6) frecuentemente

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